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We don’t make lights; we find them

Each reclaimed vintage light in our warehouse has a story to tell. Or, more accurately, two stories: its original use in the mid-20th century, and the way it was found, salvaged and restored.

Skinflint, finding the lights
Skinflint, light restoration story

New lives for old lights

In the mid 20th century, lights were designed with care and made to last. The work we do at Skinflint is based on respecting and preserving the heritage of each piece. We have three guiding principles:

  • To salvage
    the best lighting from the 1920s to the 1970s
  • To restore
    every piece sensitively – without compromising its character
  • To refurbish
    each fixture to the highest modern standards

The Skinflint story

The Skinflint story

The first time our founders met, Chris tried to convince Sophie to sell him a set of opaline pendant lights she'd rescued for her house, from a condemned Victorian asylum (she said no).

Our story couldn’t have a more fitting prologue. Because here at Skinflint, everything we do is built on a love of classic lighting and design.

Chris has worked with some of the best in the industry – from Isometrix Lighting and Design and iGuzzini UK, to famed architects Foster + Partners and designer Philippe Starck.

Sophie trained at Central Saint Martins before going on to work as an art director on pop videos, BAFTA-winning BBC dramas, and TV commercials for brands such as VW and Louboutin.

In 2007, while working as lighting design consultants, Sophie and Chris were commissioned on the refurbishment of a Victorian house in North London. The owners insisted that every light sourced for the project should be an original, reclaimed vintage fixture.

This led to an 18-month hunt that spanned the UK, finding the right pieces to complement the project’s architecture and design.

The seed was sown.

Fast-forward over a decade; Skinflint is the UK’s leading vintage lighting website. Generally, you’ll find Chris and Sophie out scouring Britain and Europe for classic lights, and bringing them back to our studio: a converted Victorian warehouse by the river in Penryn, Cornwall.

Here, our team of experts and local specialists – all within 10km of our wharfside location – begin the process of researching, restoring and reassembling each light, ready to be sent around the world.

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A quick word from our customers

Beautiful Light! 

I toyed with this light for ages before I bought it, thinking it was a lot of money. When I eventually ordered and received the light, I was not disappointed. I love this light, so heavy, chunky and in my eyes, gorgeous. It will look brilliant in my dining room, in my newly renovated farmhouse. 

- Tina | Cheshire | UK

Ceiling plates

Beautiful little ceiling plate. Elegant. Functional. Well made. Simple to install. Top quality. Excellent condition. Excellent 

- Jonny | East Sussex | UK

Beautiful light

What a great light - we're really happy with it! Delivery time was really quick too. Will be purchasing other lights from you in due course.

- Dan | Wiltshire | UK

Salvage lighting

Great lighting website with some awesome fittings - Very helpful in answering queries and assisting in how to dismantle / assemble for fitting. 

- Simon | Edinburgh | UK